On This Day

Birthdays in History in May 1917

  • May 1 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Khislavichi, Russia (d. 2001)
  • May 3 Kiro Gligorov, 1st President of the Republic of Macedonia (1991-99), born in Štip, Kingdom of Serbia (d. 2012)
  • May 7 William Geoffrey Biddle, English bomb disposal expert, born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1997)
  • May 11 Hon Montague Woodhouse, Greek resistance organiser
  • May 13 Paul Osmond, British senior civil servant
  • May 13 Wilhelmus C Wijen [Broeder Pius], social worker (Curacao)
  • May 14 Herta Ryder, literary agent
  • May 18 Charles Wintour, English journalist (The Evening Standard), born in Dorset, England (d. 1999)
  • May 20 Richard Cobb, British historian, born in Frinton-on-Sea (d. 1996)
  • May 20 Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Bergur Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic politician (d. 2005)
  • May 21 Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman
  • May 22 Jean-Louis Curtis [Albert Laffitte], French novelist (The Forests of the Night), born in Orthez, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 1995)
  • May 23 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • May 24 Derek Hodgson, British high court judge, born in Whitefield, Manchester (d. 2002)
  • May 24 Alan Campbell, Baron Campbell of Alloway, British judge (d. 2013)
  • May 24 Theodore Hesburgh, president (University of Notre Dame), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2015)
  • May 24 Florence Knoll Bassett, American furniture designer (Knoll), born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • May 28 Barry Commoner, biologist (Science & Survival), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 28 Gerald Cash, Governor-General of the Bahamas, born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 2003)

Person of interestJohn F. Kennedy

May 29 John F. Kennedy, 35th US President (1961-1963) and Senator (D-Mass), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

About May 1917

How Old? 103 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Signs: Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20), Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)